The first Canadian troops will arrive in Latvia in June, kicking off a much-anticipated NATO deployment to restrain potential Russian ambitions in eastern Europe, Gen. Jonathan Vance said Friday.
Roughly 450 Canadians will form the backbone and leadership of a multinational battle group that will eventually number between 1,200 and 1,500 troops.
The journey toward full ratification of Canada's trade deal with the European Union will be long and complicated, but an early step was taken Thursday as Latvia's parliament voted in favour.
Of the 28 member countries currently in the European Union, 27 are required to hold ratification votes in one or more national legislatures.
Latvia is the first, with legislators voting by a margin of 71-5 in favour, with one abstention.
I'm not saying there is a connection here, but Canada may want to look into whether there is something it can do for Wallonia.
(The idea for this post came from someone in a trade discussion forum. She is welcome to show up in the comments here and take credit publicly, but I don't think she wants it.)